Issue 2001

Human Trafficking and the Dignity of Work

The campaign against human trafficking is one of the most important and urgent global social responsibilities of our time. In order to deal with the exploitation and violence on which trafficking depends and which it promotes, it is necessary to examine the phenomenon of coercive labor and other dehumanizing working conditions. In response to human trafficking in all its forms, Pope Francis has appealed to all people of good will for a “mobilization comparable in size to that of the phenomenon itself,” urging us “not to become accomplices,” but instead to “forge a new worldwide solidarity and fraternity.”[1] To strengthen...

By: Andrea Vicini, SJ

Each Couple is like a Garden: A Biblical Perspective

The Bible begins with the garden planted by God in Eden (cf. Gen 2:8). It ends with the evocation of a garden-city, the heavenly Jerusalem: “In the middle of the city square and on either side of the river, there is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations” (Rev 22:2). Even at its center, the Bible houses a garden, that of the Song of Songs. The “center” in question, it should be specified, is that of the sequence of books...

By: Jean-Pierre Sonnet, SJ

 ‘Source of Peace’ The Turkish Operation against the Syrian Kurds

The Turkish offensive against the Kurds of Rojava The evening of Wednesday, October 9, 2019, saw the beginning of the Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (Yekîneyên Parastina Gel - YPG). The Turkish government in Ankara considers them to be the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which they have officially declared to be terrorists. The purpose of the operation, called “Source of Peace” (or “Spring of Peace”), was to create a buffer zone on the Syrian-Turkish border east of the Euphrates. The area is now home to a large number of Kurds...

By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

Inculturation in Africa: Challenges and Prospects

The theme of inculturation is not new among African theologians, especially in recent studies. Because of its importance, we carried out a brief investigation to observe how the process of inculturation has been at the center of the Church for centuries. We also looked at how it continues to be new, and how its implications have not yet fully penetrated the hearts of the African Catholic faithful. In this article we will suggest some “routes” that the process of inculturation could take today in Africa. [restrict userlevel="subscriber,author,jan2020guest"] Why inculturation? In his book Inculturation: Its Meaning and Urgency, John Mary Waliggo...

By: Marcel Uwineza, SJ

Urban Life and Citizenship: the Future of Freedom

What does it mean to be a citizen in today’s Western societies? There is often talk of a certain discomfort with the responsibilities that come with citizenship. Why?[1] We will look here at three areas where we spend our daily lives as citizens. They shape and establish in us some “habits of the heart,” to use the well-known expression of Alexis de Tocqueville, who referred to customs, to what the ancients called mores.[2] The study of these habits “enlightens us on the state of society, on its continuity and on its long-term vitality.”[3] The three areas that seem to us...

By: Juan Antonio Guerrero, SJ

From the Amazon River to the Tiber: Notes from a Special Synod

Civilta Cattolica has already shared the experience of the Synod for the Amazon and its first fruit, the Final Document.[1] Here we would like to add a few personal notes on some aspects of this important ecclesial event. The first protagonists At the center of the Synod for the Panamazon Region were the indigenous people, the men and women of the Amazon. They were present both through numerous consultations – involving over 87,000 people in the preparation of the Instrumentum laboris – and through those men and women who participated personally in the synod. The presence of the indigenous people...

By: Victor Codina, SJ

From Darkness to Light: ‘Ghosteen’ a new album from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Ghosteen, the new album by UK-based, Australian musician Nick Cave, is the result of a reinterpretation of his mourning for the death of his son Arthur, who died on July 15, 2015, after falling from a cliff in Ovingdean Gap, near Brighton, in southern England. In 1992 the singer had already written a song dedicated to his first son Luke, almost foreshadowing the fragility of family affections. It was called “Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry”: Papa won’t leave you, Henry / Papa won’t leave you, Boy: a sentiment that was embedded in the chorus of this song-confession of Nick Cave’s...

By: Claudio Zonta SJ

Live Your Faith from The Perspective of the End

The seriousness of the ecological crisis that the planet is experiencing stimulates the creativity of authors and screenwriters, and pushes our thinkers and philosophers to decisively address the issues it raises. There is nothing new about the prospect of a probable end of humanity at a more or less distant moment in time. It will be remembered that the danger associated with the atomic bomb aroused a deep collective fear, especially in the 1960s. While this fear has not yet completely disappeared, it has nevertheless been replaced by the prospect of a much slower but also more certain end. Yet...

By: Marc Rastoin, SJ
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